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10 Reasons Why the Trades IPs are the Punks of Management –

Zero accountability to membership. It is even worse than the present state of politics in the U.S. and Canada. Politicians at the highest levels of government in North America can and do lose their jobs. When have you seen an International President of the trades lose an election? When have you seen them even have… Continue Reading

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The Building Trades Have Been Losing for a Long Time –

50 Years of Shrinking Union Membership, In One Map https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/02/23/385843576/50-years-of-shrinking-union-membership-in-one-map The Building Trades have collapsed disproportionately during this period as compared to public sector unions – steady and consistent loss of market share irrespective of the economy and political administrations “NET” over decades! Robert Georgine, who was the Building Trades President from 1974 – 2000,… Continue Reading

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Infrastructure and P3s – The Final Nail in This Version of The Trades –

P3s are Private Public Partnerships – and, the trades are in the wrong place with the wrong strategy if P3s are the primary way we (re)build infrastructure going forward. Just because there may be endless amounts of work in no way ensures that union trades will be doing the work with a P3. Right now,… Continue Reading

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Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door for Government/Private Sector to Run the Table Against Unions –

And these “leaders” listed below, and their immediate predecessors, sit and wait like a deer in the headlights to get run over! James P. “Bud” McCourt, Newton Jones, James Boland, Lonnie Stephenson, James P. Hoffa, Frank Christensen, Eric Dean, Daniel E. Stepano, Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, Kinsey Robinson, Joseph Sellers, Jr., Mark McManus, Terry O’Sullivan and… Continue Reading

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Our Building Trades Pensions – Updates on Relief – “IF” – “WHEN” – “HOW MUCH” –

As articles #1 & #2 below point out – Pension Reform of the multi-employer plans is now on the table, and time is quickly running out! As you read the news snip of #1 & #2, pay attention to the wording used. ALL parties will compromise in dealing with pension underfunding solutions – if any… Continue Reading

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The Construction Chart Book – 6th Edition – and this means what to me!?!

People ask all the time – how do we at Labor Rising/Labor Combat get the numbers that are contained in our research and blogs? One of those sources is The Construction Chart Book. The Construction Chart Book, now in its 6th Edition, started in 1990. Here is the link: https://www.cpwr.com/publications/construction-chart-book The Chart Books are a… Continue Reading

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Trades Founders Must be Turning Over in Their Graves –

Under the premise that we must “organize or die,” our Building Trades unions have invested heavily for the last 30 years in the following efforts (note that I am not calling these initiatives strategies, because they have proven that they are not): Market as a brand Sell a product, placing control of the Building Trades’… Continue Reading

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Value on Display – A Disaster

Value on Display – A Disaster The Annual Building Trades business meeting is in session. The closest the trades got to be a Trades Movement last year is when #Resist Building Trades members were in attendance. Hopefully they are there, and in bigger numbers. Perhaps vocal this time! Below are the Trades’ membership numbers in… Continue Reading

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743 Likes/Positive Comments on Using Communication Platforms – 37 Comments Super Pro Gun – 22 Comments on David Hogg and Young Activists –

The Labor Rising post/blog on Monday drew comments that spanned the spectrum of perceptions of the readers. Most of the comments were from the FB Forums we post in. Here is a link to that Blog:  The Entire Building Trades vs. Young Activists Moving an Issue: https://1drv.ms/w/s!AmKOi71GyLcgxx0aJU0XHsmKORKX As of today, 743 comments were either Likes… Continue Reading

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The Entire Building Trades vs. Young Activists Moving an Issue –

David Hogg is a survivor of the Parkland School shooting. He, along with the other survivors, has put more people in the streets and advanced the issue of gun control more in a few weeks than the entire political and public spectrum to date. Contrast that to the Building Trades’ senior leadership which has done… Continue Reading

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